Last night was the party for Shred of Hope, a unique campaign designed to raise cash for The Ali Forney Center. A slew of celebrities and LGBT personalities has donated unique shirts, each being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Among those offered are shirts by Michael Stipe, Andy Cohen, Dustin Lance Black, blogger Joe Jervis, Jake Shears and many more; Adam Lambert's already had a bid of over $1,000 as of last night!
CEO and founder David Lauterstein was on hand to greet us as we arrived, and to pose wearing a special $200 T-shirt that was being sold last night only to help jack up proceeds even further. Lovely guy—not nasty at all! (At least in that sense.)
We also chatted with Ali Forney's sexy Carl Siciliano, he of the non-profit mind and the bod for sin. He was showing off his impressive rack, telling me, "I felt like I had to do something to go along with the Nasty Pig theme." The pic he posed for with Joe Jervis was much nastier than the chaste one I got.
The hottest model ever lectured us on why bidding was helping kids (it is, and I plan to), but we could only focus on his very light underarm aroma, which was intoxicating. Not to mention his, well, everything else.
Also in attendance were Le Tigre's JD Samson, Fred Schneider of The B-52s and a host of horny, hairy do-gooders. Everyone mingled amidst the cool T-shirts and a very arty set-up involving mannequins and dramatic lighting. Someone gives a great tableau-job.
If you'd like to bid on a shirt, click here—you're helping homeless LGBTQ youth with every bid.
Next up was the 10-year anniversary party for Towleroad tossed by co-founders Andy Towle and Michael Goff at Lafayette on Lafayette (try to keep up). It was a spirited get-together with a who's-who of bloggers and LGBT movers and shakers, moving around the room and shaking either other's hands—networking at its finest.
His business is called Greek & Handy, but I wasn't able to determine if he's Greek active or passive.
I bumped into blogger Kenneth Walsh (with pal Marc), whose blog is a hair younger than Andy's (and mine is, in turn, a hair younger than Kenneth's) as well as juicy Rich Juzwiak of FourFour and now Gawker infamy, Scott Gorenstein (who runs Liza Minnelli in the same way that girls run the world), Occupy the Disco, performer Telly Leung (more on him soon) and many others. It was also a delight to meet Greek handyman Francis Toumbakaris, a licensed contractor who will be appearing on a reality show soon, and whose past includes dancing in Fiddler on the Roof. He graced us with a brief Bob Fosse move, thus guaranteeing blog coverage.
Great fun. Congrats to Andy and Michael on 10 years of aggravated aggregation, news-bearing and button-pushing.